This is one of the night matchups on Thursday of the 2011 NCAA tournament (click here for the schedule). It'll air on truTV at 4:27 PM PT/7:27 PM ET. Here's a brief rundown of Thursday's game.
Dossier courtesy of Pomeroy: 2nd best offense in the country, 64th best defense; one of the slowest teams as well. Highest free throw shooting percentage in the nation, best at ball handling and not turning over the ball. Great defensive rebounding squad as well.
The biggest weakness of Wisconsin is they don't force turnovers and they're a poor three point shooting defense. Also, for being one of the best free throw shooting teams, the Badgers barely manage to get to the line.
#13 Belmont Bruins
Dossier courtesy of Pomeroy: 31st best offense, 18th best defense; one of the fastest teams in the country. Great offensive rebounding ability as well.
The biggest weakness of Belmont is they allow teams to get to the free throw line a lot and they get a lot of their shots blocked and stolen. Average defensive rebounding and ball-handling as well.
Prediction: This is a fascinating matchup that could really end up deciding who wins or loses a lot of their brackets, because Wisconsin has the skills to go deep; Belmont does not. However, both teams complement each other very well, and it'll be interesting to see who comes out on top.
I lean Wisconsin because the Bruins haven't played a great team in months, and their ability to ball handle overcomes Belmont's ability to force turnovers. Plus Belmont does foul a lot, and Wisky is the best free throw shooting team in the nation.